Russia Considers New Domain-Blocking Censorship Rules

Russian government authorities may soon increase their ability to censor online content by blocking registration of websites on certain top-level domains, which could pose challenges even for people who use anti-censorship services to access blocked sites. Roscomnadzor, the agency that regulates media and Internet content in Russia, already has the authority to block entire websites, as well as specific URLs, …

DOPPA Law Aims to Protect Online Privacy in Delaware

Delaware will become one of the first states in the U.S. to enforce strong online privacy policies through a new law called DOPPA, which takes effect on January 1, 2016. DOPPA, which is short for the Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act, has three main purposes: Preventing marketing of specific types of online content to anyone under the age of …

British Draft Law Threatens Data Encryption and Privacy

Britain — the country that made path-breaking advances in data encryption during World War II — could weaken modern Internet encryption within its own borders as part of a new Internet data regulation bill that is currently under consideration. The legislation, the Draft Communications Data Bill, doesn’t focus on data encryption exclusively. It is a general proposal that would provide …

China Steps Up Censorship of Private Mobile Apps and VPNs

China has cracked down on mobile communications by censoring private chat apps like Telegram and WhatsApp, apparently on the basis of claims that they could facilitate communication by terrorists. The New York Times reports that Chinese authorities in the western region of Xinjiang blocked access to foreign anti-censorship software beginning the week after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. …

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Mobile Companies Still Track Users with Location Services Disabled

Most people think that turning off location services on iOS or Android phones will prevent tracking of their location. It doesn’t. Here’s how companies and hackers can still track you. Virtually all modern mobile phones provide settings that let users turn off location services. On Android, you can disable the location reporting and location history features. iPhones offer a similar …

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Three Free Anti-Keylogging Apps For Windows

Keyloggers are one of the most effective ways for hackers to steal private information. Here are some solutions for preventing keyloggers from compromising your Windows system. Keyloggers come in two forms — those that are software-based and those that are embedded in hardware.  The latter can only be installed by someone who has physical access to your computer, but the …

How Free Software Advocate Richard Stallman Stays Private Online

Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, probably takes the cake as one of the most privacy-conscious Internet users around. For that reason, it’s worth taking a look at his strategy for staying private online, which he has described on his personal website. Privacy is not Stallman’s only reason for promoting free software. He has lots of other …

Marionette Promises More Flexible Anti-Censorship Tools

Most anti-censorship tools attempt to provide a one-size-fits-all solution for accessing banned online content. Marionette, a “programmable network proxy” currently under development, could offer a much more robust anti-censorship solution. Marionette is an open-source project that aims to build “a programmable client-server proxy that enables the user to control network traffic features with a lightweight domain-specific language,” according to the …

PirateBrowser Offers Easy Tor-Based Anti-Censorship Solution

Want to circumvent Internet censorship without the hassle of installing Tor? PirateBrowser from the Pirate Bay may be your answer — provided your browsing needs align with the browser’s intended purpose. PirateBrowser, which the torrent site the Pirate Bay introduced in 2013, combines Tor and Firefox into a simple but elegant package. The app works mostly the same as a …

Could Email Provide Access to Censored Online Content?

Here’s a creative way to beat online censorship: transmit banned information via email. That’s what a little-known (and now defunct) project called Feed over Email tried to do. It never got off the ground, but it’s notable all the same for its creative approach to online privacy, which did not require VPNs or Tor. Feed over Email, or FOE, described …

ZenMate Integrates VPN Privacy into Your Browser, But Has Limitations

Looking for a VPN service that integrates directly into your Web browser, rather than requiring a separate download?  ZenMate offers that solution. Read on for an overview of this online privacy platform, including its cost, pros and cons. Named “startup of the year” in 2014, ZenMate is a VPN service run by a company based in Germany. It is priced …

Europe Wants U.S. Companies To Provide “Bullet-Proof” Privacy

Government authorities in the United States and European Union are negotiating new policies that could have a major impact on the way multinational companies share private user information. The talks began following the European Court of Justice’s rejection last month of the “Safe Harbor” arrangement between the United States and the European Union. That deal allowed companies to transfer European …

A Review of the XOnet “Plug-and-Play” Personal VPN Server

What if you could bring your entire firewall-protected home network with you wherever you go? With the XOnet personal VPN router from x.o.ware, you can. Here’s a look at how it works. The XOnet personal VPN server involves two pieces of hardware. One is the XOnet itself, which you plug into your home network using an ethernet cable. The second …

Turkey Blocks Reddit without Explanation

Reddit has become the latest victim of Internet censorship in Turkey, where government authorities have blocked the site under an Internet regulation law. The Telecom Authority of Turkey, which regulates Internet content in the country, has confirmed that it blocked access to Reddit, a popular website for aggregating and commenting on news articles. The agency cited Turkey’s Internet Censorship Law …

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Review of Privatoria’s VPN Service

With prices starting as low as $1.90 per month, Privatoria offers one of the least expensive commercial VPN services for people who want to browse anonymously or circumvent online censorship. Here’s a look at its features, installation process and bandwidth speeds. Privatoria’s main features include: Servers spread across twenty-one countries, including the United States. That makes it a strong platform …

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eBlocker Promises Plug-and-Play Ad Blocking, Anonymity and Tor

eBlocker, a new anti-tracking device that offers online anonymity, ad blocking, Tor support and more, is due to hit the market in the coming months. Here’s an overview of what eBlocker does and how it compares to similar products. According to the eBlocker developers, the device aims to differentiate itself from other privacy solutions through easy installation and comprehensive privacy …

Firefox is Now Available on iOS

Firefox for iOS is now finally available in the App Store worldwide. Previously, Mozilla held back on offering an iOS version of Firefox due to Apple’s restrictive policies. Firefox for iOS allows for Private Browsing — giving you the ability to browse the web without saving history or sharing existing cookies with the sites you visit. Firefox also allows you …

Forrester Report Says Online Privacy is Matters More than Ever

Online privacy will be a defining factor in businesses’ success and failure in 2016. That’s according to new findings from Forrester Research, which says Internet privacy has become more important than ever to consumers. “In 2016, privacy strategy can no longer merely focus on aligning with compliance requirements,” one Forrester representative wrote in summarizing the findings of a recent privacy …